Mary Behling at Shore Place

Cambridge Attorney Mary Behling stands on the dock near her longtime home at Lake Ripley. Behind her is Shore Place, now a private beach used by members of a lake homeowners association. A large building at the beach site, torn down in the 1980s, was once a popular Lake Ripley gathering spot. Behling first visited the lake with her family in the 1960s and recalls a tavern, ice cream shop, smaller beach and boat rentals. Before her time, there also was a restaurant and dance hall.

This is part of a series of stories on inductees into the Cambridge School District’s 2019 Blue Jay Hall of Honor and Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees will be recognized at the annual Blue Jay Hall of Honor banquet at Lake Ripley Country Club on Sept. 29.

Mary Behling spent her first summer day in Cambridge at Lake Ripley Park, at age 11, in the mid 1960s.

She spent a lot of time at the lake beginning at age 15, at a cottage her parents bought near the Shore Place area on Ripley Road. She moved into that cottage full-time at age 18.

And never left.

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